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Here's To The Romantic Comedy Pleasures Of 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am

The Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romance is sparkly, sweet and very well-acted by its young leads.

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The Lasting Influence Of Bruce Lee's 'Enter The Dragon' Which Turns 45

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:53am

Enter the Dragon premiered 45 years ago this weekend. Bruce Lee was meant to break out as an international star, but instead, he died a month before the movie opened — elevating him to legend status.

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Muddled Action Thriller 'Mile 22' Should Have Pulled Off At Mile 3 Or So

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:01pm

Mark Wahlberg plays a CIA operative trying to extricate a mysterious informant (Iko Uwais) from a fictional country in this disjointed film that underuses Uwais and overuses Wahlberg.

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An Aging Rocker, A Fawning Fanboy — And Thou: 'Juliet, Naked'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:01pm

In this beguiling, decidedly un-frothy adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, Annie (Rose Byrne) exchanges emails with a singer-songwriter (Ethan Hawke) her inattentive boyfriend (Chris O'Dowd) reveres.

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Life — Or Something Like It — During Wartime: The Wrenching 'Memoir Of War'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00pm

Mélanie Thierry's quietly devastating performance anchors this adaptation of Marguerite Duras' wartime memoir chronicling her life in a perpetual state of uncertainty over her husband's fate.

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When The Wild Rumpus Stops: 'We The Animals'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00pm

Documentarian Jeremiah Zagar's first feature film adapts Justin Torres' impressionistic autobiographical novel of boyhood; the dreamlike result is "intense, scary and ecstatically lyrical."

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H.P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

Lovecraft's stories are among the foundations of modern horror; they still have the power to terrify today. But his bigotry is just as horrific — so how do we deal with this all-too-human darkness?

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What, No 'Jaws?' Or: See The Movie, Skip The Book

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

Readers may notice that some famous titles are missing from this year's final list of 100 favorite horror stories — books like Jaws and The Amityville Horror. That's because, frankly, they stink.

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Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

In honor of Frankenstein's 200th birthday, this year's summer reader poll is all about horror — from classics like Mary Shelley's monster to new favorites, we've got something to scare everyone.

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In Matt Groening's Fantasy Series 'Disenchantment,' The Humor Is Elf-Referential

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00am

The Netflix series features lush animation and strong voice work, but its three core characters are so reminiscent of Futurama's central trio they struggle to stand on their own.

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Photographer Tyler Mitchell On Being The First African-American To Shoot A 'Vogue' Cover

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 3:34pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Tyler Mitchell about being the first African-American photographer to shoot the cover for Vogue and what it was like to work with Beyonce.

Satire, Soap Opera, Duty, Devotion: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is A Movie Milestone

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59pm

The romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel has been saddled with cultural and commercial expectations. Critic Justin Chang was happy to find the film doesn't collapse under the weight.

'Flights' Is A Trip, If You Like Wandering Off The Edges Of The Map

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 6:00am

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's new scollection is a cabinet of curiosities, surreal, loosely connected stories about the human body, about movement, about two-headed calves and saint's relics.

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Finding, Then Filming, The Young All-Female Crew In 'Skate Kitchen'

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:00am

Director Crystal Moselle stumbled upon a group of teenage skater girls on the New York City subway. Then she made a feature film that stars them.

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Che Apalache Hopes To Open Minds And Ears With Their Latin Bluegrass Fusion

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:59pm

Che Apalache is a band made up of one North American and three Argentinians. They play bluegrass and have been a big hit with Anglo audiences and Latinx listeners as they tour the rural U.S.

'A Girl's Guide' To Growing Up On A Secretive Missile Test Site

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 1:04pm

When Karen Piper was 6, her family moved to the Mojave Desert. In A Girl's Guide To Missiles she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war.

A Day At The Beach Won't Be The Same After 'The World In A Grain'

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 9:01am

Journalist Vince Beiser's no-nonsense writing makes light reading of a grim subject, the past and future of sand, but it paints a telling picture of how great a problem lies before us.

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'His Favorites' Is An Artful Argument For #MeToo — And More

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:00am

Kate Walbert's new novel follows a young woman who goes to a posh boarding school after tragedy upends her life — only to find she's no safer there than she was at home.

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Opinion: Don't Sweat The #Repsweats And Let 'Crazy Rich Asians' Be What It Is

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am

NPR Code Switch reporter Kat Chow writes about the burdens imposed on representations of Asians and Asian-Americans in pop culture — even on a fun, frothy rom-com.

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Jazz In The 21st Century Is All About 'Playing Changes'

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am

Nate Chinen's new book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century identifies the key players in the genre's resurgence. Chinen's aim with the books is to get the root of the resurgence.

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